Originally Posted by dp
I am curious- you see quite a few tele skiers here in CO on Scotty Bobs (perhaps the most tele specific of tele skis). As a non-tele skier (but one who keeps saying that I will learn this winter), what do you tele-guys think? Ever try them? They are made here in Silverton, and are among the most beautiful skis I've ever seen. Scotty is often at A-Basin in the spring with his demo fleet, and people seem to like them a lot.
I bought a pair of Bobs
last season and skied them almost exclusively for 50+ days. It's nice to have a ski lift outside the office.
I also bought a pair of his HeadRushes too.
Near the end of the season I parted with the Bobs ...my brother needed a pair of skis and I hooked him up for just the price of the HammerHeads. I still have the HeadRushes. I got them in the wood veneer top sheet ...they're very nice on the eyes and rip mank and powder.
I liked the Bobs. But they're not the end all, be all of tele skis. For my tastes, they have too much side cut but I did like their enormous camber for the rebound. The differential tail was functional but not a huge factor in performance difference compared to traditional ski design. At the end of the day they were just another ski that took forever to get and caused a lot of bothersome reamrks about their funky looking tails. I prefer to be more or less anonymous.
I much prefer my K2 World Pistes because of their length option (Bobs came in one length when I purchased them) and their versatility for attaching skins. Bob's are not very skin friendly if you want to attach a tail hook. They are also a pain to hike with on your shoulder if you don't use a velcro ski strap because the tails want to cross and the big camber makes them sit on the shoulder awkwardly.